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Burma's New Year & ANZAC

14 days  |  Starts/Ends: Yangon  |  from USD $4,199  |   Guaranteed Departure 

This tour has been perfectly timed to combine the best of Burma, with the Water Festival - Burma’s most celebrated holiday and ANZAC Day, when you can pay your respects to fallen soldiers at Thanbyuzayat WWII cemetary which contains almost 4000 graves of Allied POWs who died while building infamous Death Railway.

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Day 1

Welcome to Burma!

Tuesday 14 April 2015. Welcome to Yangon! Following your hotel transfer and check-in, feel free to explore the city at your own leisure.
Overnight: Yangon

Day 2

Yangon City Tour

Yangon - breakfast. Today we set out to explore the fascinating city of Yangon and its famous religious monuments. Highlights include Chaukhtagyi Paya and Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park, City Hall and the High Court. After a break for lunch we visit the Naga Cave monastic school, followed by an evening visit to the Shwedagon Pagoda.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Water Festival Celebrations

Yangon - Mandalay - breakfast. This morning we fly to Mandalay to join the revelry of the Water Festival, which celebrates the start of the new year. Here we will visit various pandals, where we may receive traditional treats such as boiled gluten rice balls and coconut jelly. In the afternoon we will visit the golden Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace, the Shwenandaw Monastery, and Kuthodaw Pagoda. Our day concludes with Mandalay Hill and depending on the time, a spectacular sunset with vistas across the city.
Overnight: Mandalay  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Mandalay's Monasteries

Mandalay – breakfast. As a former capital of Burma, the ancient city of Amarapura is rich in sights and this morning we visit the largest teaching monastery in the country, the Mahagandayon Monastery. Everyday hundreds of monks queue to receive their daily alms from the people. We also visit the longest teak bridge in the world, the U Bein Bridge set over the enchanting Taungthaman Lake, and the Mahamuni Temple, home to an ancient bronze Buddha image. We’ll also have the opportunity to visit a local handicraft workshop. The afternoon is spent at the historical city of Inwa where a horse-drawn carriage brings us to the stone Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, the Mainu brick monastery and the old watchtower. Later we continue on to Ywataung Village in the Sagaing Hills, set on the west bank of the Ayeyarwaddy River. Here we visit a silver workshop and several pagodas before driving back to Mandalay.
Overnight: Mandalay  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Boat Ride to Bagan

Mandalay – Bagan – breakfast. Transferring to the jetty this morning we board a boat for a scenic cruise on the Ayeyarwaddy River taking us to Bagan. Sit back and relax as the vessel plies its course past rolling fields of green. Arriving into Bagan later this evening we transfer to our hotel. Please note: If the boat does not operate in April due to weather conditions we will fly to Bagan. Spend the morning at leisure in Mandalay before transferring to the airport.
Overnight: Bagan  |  Breakfast

Days 6-7

Bagan's Stupas

Bagan – breakfast. Nothing can quite prepare you for the spectacular sight of stupa-upon-stupa that fills the green, dusty plains of Bagan. Over 2000 temples and pagodas dating back some 800 years create one of the most impressive skylines to be seen in Southeast Asia. Day 6 begins with a visit to the town of Nyaung-U to see the local market and Bagan’s most important reliquary shrine, the Shwezigon Pagoda, and the simple Kyansittha Cave Temple with interesting 12th century frescoes.

We continue to the Manuha Temple to see the gigantic Buddhas housed inside and the sandstone carvings of the nearby Nanpaya Temple, and on to the Ananda Temple, a whitewashed masterpiece of Mon architecture. We stop for a photo opportunity at the towering Thatbyinnyu Temple before visiting the Dhammayangyi Temple, a massive structure famous for its brickwork, and the Mingalarzedi Pagoda, the last of the large pagodas built in the 13th century. At a local lacquer workshop we witness how local craftsmen skilfully prepare Bagan’s most famous handicraft. Enjoy free time on day 7 to further explore the city.
Overnight: Bagan  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 8

Yangon War Cemetery

Bagan – Yangon – breakfast. An early morning flight takes us back to Yangon where we visit the Taukkyan War Cemetery, a memorial to the Allied soldiers of the British Commonwealth who died in Burma during the Second World War. Here the four battlefields of Akyab, Mandalay, Meiktila and Sahmaw were brought together, as their original locations were deemed too difficult to access. After paying our respects to the fallen soldiers we head to the beautiful Kandawgyi Royal Lake where we visit the Botantaung Pagoda and Nanthida Jetty.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 9

The Golden Rock

Yangon – Golden Rock – breakfast. Today we head to Kyaikhtiyo Hill, the location of the Golden Rock Pagoda, one of the best-known pilgrimage sites in the country. The last hour of our journey to the top of Kyaikhtiyo is done on foot, but its well worth the climb. Upon reaching the summit enjoy breathtaking views and a magnificent sunset.
Overnight: Kyaikhtiyo   |  Breakfast

Day 10

Hpa An

Kyaikhtiyo - Hpa An - breakfast. After breakfast we head to Hpa An, the capital of the Kayin State. En route we stop off in Thaton to explore a network of caves, including Ba Yin Nyi and Kawgun caves. An evening visit to Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda on Mount Zwegabin offers lovely views of the river.
Overnight: Hpa An  |  Breakfast

Day 11


Hpa An - Mawlamyine - breakfast. Continuing our journey we head to Mawlamyine, where we explore the caves of Sadan and Khayone. In the afternoon we climb the Mawlamyine Hill, where we can see the famous Mahamuni Buddha image and the 100-year old Seindon Mibaya Kyaung. In the evening enjoy a sunset view of the Mawlamyine and Thanlyin Rivers from Kyaikthanlan Payar.
Overnight: Mawlamyine  |  Breakfast

Day 12

The Death Railway - ANZZAC Day

Mawlamyine - breakfast. Today is ANZAC Day and to commemorate this special occasion we drive to Thanbyuzayat to the World War II cemetery which contains almost 4000 graves of Allied prisoners of war - from Australia, New Zealand and Britain, who died while building infamous Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway.
Overnight: Mawlamyine  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Beautiful Bago

Mawlmyine - Bago - Yangon - breakfast. On our way back to Yangon we stop off in Bago, the ancient Mon capital. Here we see the Shwemawdaw and Kyaikpun pagodas and a reclining Buddha before returning to the capital city. Overnight - Yangon.
Overnight: Yangon  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Goodbye Burma!

Monday 27 April 2015. Today after breakfast your tour comes to an end. Included transfer to airport for onward travel.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.


In Burma tourism is relatively new and at this point in time demand exceeds supply meaning that hotels and the local airlines tend to increase prices on a whim. We are required to pay for hotels up front in order to book rooms and for this reason it is necessary for us to collect a higher deposit at time of booking which is non refundable.

Trip Highlights

Yangon - Chaukhtagyi Paya and Sule Pagoda, Maha Bandoola Park, City Hall, the High Court, Naga Cave monastic school, Shwedagon Pagoda & War Cemetery
Amarapura - Mahagandayon Monastery, U Bein Bridge, Mahamuni Temple, Maha Aungmye Bonzan Monastery, Mainu brick monastery & the old watchtower
Kyaikhtiyo Hill - Golden Rock Pagoda
Mawlamyine - Sadan & Khayone caves, Mawlamyine Hill & Death Railway Cemetery
Mandalay - Water Festival, Mya Nan San Kyaw Palace, Shwenandaw Monastery & Kuthodaw Pagoda
Bagan - boat trip from Mandalay, Shwezigon Pagoda, Kyansittha Cave Temple, Manuha Temple, Nanpaya Temple, Ananda Temple, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple & Mingalarzedi Pagoda
Hpa An - Ba Yin Nyi & Kawgun caves, Shwe Sar Yan Pagoda
Bago - Shwemawdaw and Kyaikpun pagodas


13 breakfasts
Airport transfer on day 1 and day 14
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
ANZAC Day - pay your respects at the World War II cemetery dedicated to the POWs of the Death Railway
Water Festival - join New Year’s celebrations by visiting various local pandals in Yangon
Boat ride from Mandalay to Bagan
13 nights in 3 - 4 star hotels
Led by a local English speaking guide
Guided sightseeing - Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Golden Rock, Hpa An, Mawlamyine, and Bago
Taukkyan War Cemetery - memorial dedicated to the Allied Soldiers of the British Commonwealth
Private boat to/from Mingun in Mandalay
Maximum group size: 24 travellers

Not Included

International flights and visas
Entrance Fees: $65-75 USD
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $35-45 USD
Tour Details
14 April 2015
Hotel Rating
3-4 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 13
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.